Thursday, August 14, 2008
Hadi Awang - also PM in waiting?
Everybody wants to rule Malaysia. PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang is also putting himself up as the next PM. Bahasa Malaysia newspapers today, including Sinar Harian (pic) quoted PAS central committee member Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah as saying the Islamist party wants Hadi as the next PM. The same view was echoed by its Dewan Ulama, comprising the party's theologians, today with its chief Datuk Mohd Daud Iraqi saying the council endorsed Hadi as the PM. The popularity of the firebrand PAS leader - who met Umno top guns for talks- has not been affected obviously. Hadi had met Umno leaders to find ways to work together, a move which upset others including Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat. In short, PAS is saying they do not want Anwar Ibrahim to be a PM, which has led many to suspect that this was one reason why Hadi toyed with the idea of doing a deal with Umno, in the name of Muslim unity. Hadi is said to be uncomfortable with Anwar's liberal and multi-racial approach. But could the real reason be their long time rivalry since the Abim days? Or just plain power and position? Hadi is also very much in the news for his comments at the Penang PAS convention that PAS would leave Pakatan Rakyat if there are more non-Muslim MPs than Muslim MPs. It's not a surprise really. Hadi has in fact gone on record in its party newsletter, Harakah, as saying that he is disturbed by the increasing number of non-Muslim majority constituencies in Sabah and Sarawak. Surely, his own party newsletter cannot be misquoting him.